Still from Ryan Lochte interview with MSNBC, August 18, 2016. (MSNBC)

Tales of Transnational White Privilege: Gender, Race, and Nationality on the Streets of Rio de Janeiro

It’s old news by now that on August 14, 2016, American swimmers Ryan Lochte, James Feigen, Gunar Bentz, and Jack Conger claimed that they were robbed at gunpoint by police officers at a gas station in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In an interview with NBC, Lochte said that the four swimmers had been pulled over… Read more →

The Thomas Jefferson "Paradox of Liberty" display at the NMAAHC, featuring a statue of the third US president in front of a wall showing names of people he enslaved. (Dalia Hatuqa/Al Jazeera)

A Day at the Smithsonian: Black History Takes Its Place on the National Mall

Like many historians, I was thrilled that the newest Smithsonian museum would be focusing on African American History and Culture. The National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) opened in late September, and I reserved tickets two months early to visit with family and friends — this was lucky forethought, since free tickets… Read more →

Chicago will control syphilis You may have your blood test free and confidentially at one of the following stations: Chicago Board of Health, Herman N. Bundesen, Pres. [Illinois: federal art project, wpa, between 1936 and 1938] Image. Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

Sunday Morning Medicine

A weekly check-up of gender, medicine, and history in the news Abortion in 18th-century Britain. How leeches made their comeback. It’s time to exonerate Ethel Rosenberg. The Singapore genital panic of the 1960s. The unsung woman artist behind your tarot cards. The extraordinary life of a Revolutionary War nurse. Why black Americans are not nostalgic… Read more →

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Photo of a woman with her baby at work, 1982. (Freda Leinwand/Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Radcliffe Institute)

Dorothy Bruce Weske: Academia and Motherhood in the Mid-Twentieth Century

In 1934, in her mid-thirties and single, Dorothy Bruce defended her dissertation at Radcliffe College on thirteenth- and fourteenth-century Convocations, a name given to a category of English church councils. In 1937, her work, Convocation of the Clergy: A Study of its Antecedents and its Rise with Special Emphasis upon its Growth and Activities in… Read more →

Two WPA posters from 1937 encouraging people to help prevent syphilis. (C. Y. Bienvenu/WPA War Services LA and Charles Verschuuren/WPA Federal Art Project/US Library of Congress)

Parental Guilt & STIs: A Historical Look

If you’ve been watching television lately, you’ve probably seen Merck’s recent ads for Gardasil, the most widely used vaccine for human papilloma virus (HPV). The commercials begin with a young person in their 20s stating they have cervical cancer or have been infected with HPV. From there, we see them get progressively younger through family… Read more →

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A weekly check-up of gender, medicine, and history in the news Fashion for the grave. What are tussie-mussies? Medicine wants your parts. Who keeps women’s secrets? The strange history of microfilm. 350 years of blood transfusions. The birth of the physician assistant. When the color green could kill you. The hidden black female figures of… Read more →

Uterus anatomy lesson for midwives. (New Jersey State Health Department/US National Library of Medicine | Public domain)

Strange Pain, Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Womb: A Teacher’s Reflection on Bodies in History

In fall 2015, I taught a first-year writing class called “Womb Trouble.” I don’t know if it was a very good class. I was a first-time adjunct not quite out of grad school, tasked with teaching writing to freshmen barely five years younger than me, and I latched onto the text I knew best: the… Read more →